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Caroline Kensett

Caroline Kensett, one of 101 convicts transported on the Lucy Davidson, 10 July 1829

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Caroline Kensett
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1810
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Simple larceny
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Lucy Davidson
Departure date: 10th July, 1829
Arrival date: 29th November, 1829
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 100 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 106
Source description: This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.

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Anonymous on 16th July, 2011 wrote:

Caroline Kensett was convicted of larceny in Dickensian London. It was alleged that on 5 March 1829 that, while in the company of a Thomas Daniels, she stole 5 handkerchiefs valued at eight shillings and nine pence. She was convicted at the Old Bailey on 9 April 1829 and sentenced to transportation for seven years. She was aged 19 at the time.

She was transported on the Lucy Davidson leaving London on about 10 July 1829. There were cases of whooping cough on board for about six weeks after leaving England with several fatalities. The ship arrived in Sydney on 1 December 1829 and was held in the harbour in quarantine as a precaution.

A notice from the Colonial Secretary’s office in the newspaper of 27 December 1831 stated that Caroline had obtained a ticket of leave for good conduct in service. Caroline was in Sydney at the time.

In 1832 a register of female convicts recorded Caroline as being assigned to a William Miller of Sydney.

Caroline received her certificate of freedom on 11 April 1836.

Roger Churm on 28th April, 2019 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings April 1829
THOMAS DANIELS Theft,simple larceny
9th April 1829

918. Thomas Daniels and Caroline Kensett were indicted for stealing,on the 5th of March,5 handkerchiefs,value 8s.9f.,the goods of John Woolmer.
O THOMAS WARWICK.I am a shopman to John Woolmer,a linen-draper and haberdasher,of Barbican.These handkerchiefs were all in one piece -about the 5th of March I had been showing some to a gentleman,and this one among them -I saw them safe a quarter of an hour before -the prisoners came into the shop together to look at some cotton handkerchiefs,which were in a different part of the shop,within reach of these handkerchiefs -they were on the counter;they let the shop without buying;I did not miss the handkerchiefs till an officer gave me information;he had taken the prisoners,and produced the handkerchiefs,with my own mark on them.

GEORGE BULLEN.I am a couch-maker.I was near Woolmer’s shop about seven o’clock in the evening;I first saw a lad looking on at the window -in a few minutes after the prisoners came up and joined him-they stood at the window about ten minutes;the lad went into the shop first,and the prisoners followed hi;I saw them looking at the cotton handkerchiefs,and then went to the end of the shop-I saw them all three together;they turned up Golders-lane,which is about two doors from the shop-A waggon passed,and I called to Vann,the officer,to f th
;they walked very fast -I ran to keep them in sight;I never lost sight of them;they turned up Golden-lane,which it about two doors from the shop -a waggon passed,and I called to Vann ,the officer to follow them;they walked very fast -I rather to keep them in sight -I never lost sight of them;The turn up Playhouse-yard;the lad and the female went up the court,and the man stood at the cost-they returned down again,and Vann took hold of the woman;I took the man,the boy ran away;Vann said to the woman"What have you here"she says nothing,and he took the piece of handkerchiefs from under her shawl:it was claimed by Warwick-they searched and 3 1/2d found on them together.

JOHN VANN.I had been watching the prisoners for half an hour,and saw them go into the shop and come out-I laid hold of the female at the end of the court;the lad went away-I did not observe him with them at that time;seeing the woman’s bosom bulky,I put my hand under her shawl and found the handkerchiefs from the shawl and found the handkerchiefs;she says she had picked them up on the pavement -she had 3 1/2d. Daniels had no more (property produced and sworn to)

KENSETT’S defence.The other prisoner is innocent.

DANIELS Defence -I know nothing about the concern ;when I came out of the shop I was going home,and did not positively know any thing was taken.



Transported for Seven years.

Convict Changes History

Roger Churm on 28th April, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1810 (prev. 0000), gender: f, crime

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